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ATSC approves ACAP standard for interactive television

The members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) recently approved the Advanced Common Application Platform (ACAP) standard. The new standard will provide consumers with advanced interactive services, while providing content creators, broadcasters, cable operators and consumer electronics manufacturers with the technical details necessary for the development of interoperable services and products.

ATSC previously published a companion Standard A/96, “Interaction Channel Protocols.” Used in combination with forward broadcast download channels from terrestrial, cable and satellite networks, these protocols provide a complete interactive system. Both the ACAP (A/101) and the Interaction Channel Protocols (A/96) documents are available at

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